By Wendy Elliott
Kings County Advertiser
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Fundy Film screens First Position on Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Six talented ballet dancers, ages nine to 19, struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to one of the world's most prestigious youth ballet competitions. In this feature-length documentary, the love of dance and a drive to succeed trumps money, politics and even war.
Then, the Snows of Kilimanjaro screens Dec. 9. A heartwarming portrait of working-class life in contemporary France, this drama reveals the story of union pensioner Michel and wife Marie-Claire who are content with their full life, despite Michel losing his job. When two armed, masked young men shatter their happiness, the couple discovers that bringing the guilty to justice is not as satisfying as they initially presumed.
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 or 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets ($8) 30 minutes before screening fundyfilm.ca or 542-5157.
Music teacher Susan Dworkin’s annual student recital/Foodbank Fundraiser will be held on Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Wolfville Baptist Church on Highland Avenue.
Enjoy a wide variety of music performed by the Wolfville Community Chorus and piano and voice students from the studio of Susan Dworkin.
Show your support for the performers and this fundraiser for the Wolfville and Area Food Bank. A $10 donation is suggested and a non-perishable food bank item.
St. Joseph’s community theatre group, the Stage Prophets, will present Michael MacLean’s Christmas story, The Forgotten Carols, on Dec. 6, 7 p.m., at Acadia’s University Hall.
Start this season off with a beautiful story of the true meaning of Christmas. This Christmas story will be a full-stage production with a cast and choir.
The Forgotten Carols tells the story of Constance, a rigid yet competent nurse, too practical to be bothered by Christmas, as her patient guides the young nurse to the Christmas carol waiting to be sung inside her own heart.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville, Designer Cafe in Kentville and St. Joseph’s Church office.
War Child 6: Love and Mercy benefit concert will be held Dec. 7, 8 p.m., at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $15. Presented by Harry Roberts.
Hear Modern Grass
The Modern Grass band with Jennah Barry will be in concert Dec. 8 at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.
On Dec. 8, author Carolyn Hockley will be at Box of Delights bookstore in Wolfville.
Hockley will promote her new book, Arazi Crossing, Quinn’s Evolution, which is the first of a six book series.
Quinn’s Evolution takes five teens from around the globe on an unforgettable historical journey.
A resident of Cole Harbour, Hockley will be signing
copies of the book. The event will take place from 1–5 p.m.
With a Joyful Noise
About 100 young singers from the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, director Heather Fraser, accompanist Hannah Parks and the Kings Chorale Children's Chorus, with director Shannon Young and Elizabeth Harwood on piano, will be in concert on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at Wolfville Baptist Church. They’ve called their joint concert With a Joyful Noise.
The Glorylanders will be in concert at the Centreville Baptist Church on Dec. 9. This southern gospel trio consists of Matt Balsor, Graham Moorehead, and Heather Wood. The trio is currently touring after releasing a new album, “A Tribute to The Happy Goodman Family."
The concert will start at 7 p.m., with refreshments and fellowship to follow. Admission is by freewill offering.
An Amish Family Christmas, a heartwarming live stage production that has been performed in Pennsylvania for many years, is coming to Wolfville on Dec. 10.
The production offers a glimpse into the world of the Amish, uncluttered by modern trappings, held together by the love of family.
Dec. 10, Festival Theatre, Acadia University, Wolfville at 7 p.m. Tickets: 542-5500
A little Nunsense
CentreStage Theatre Presents Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical by Dan Goggin.
The musical plays Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 8 at 8 p.m., reservations: 678-8040.
Ross Creek workshops
The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is holding a multicultural day on Sunday, Dec. 9, from noon - 4 p.m.
Make beautiful handmade ornaments and gifts, enjoy cider, cream tea (with incredible sweets), sing or listen to the live carols.
Admission to the Community Arts Day is by donation, with a suggested donation of $5 per person or $15 per family of 5, with the cream tea and baked goods extra. Food bank donations will be collected.
A two-hour art workshop for adults will be held on Dec. 9. Rachel Shrum will give a session from 1-3 p.m. on portrait photography. Space is limited, pre-registration required.
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Art workshops pending
One more workshop on Mondays is being presented by the Alliance of Kings Artists (AKA) with support from the Acadia University Art Gallery.
Clay Throwing and Building with Denise Aspinall will be held 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Acadia University Art Gallery, Beveridge Arts Centre Room 131.
The fee, which includes materials, is $15 for non-AKA members and $10 for members.
On Dec. 12, the North Mountain Chorus will present Song for a Winter's Night at 7 p.m. in Berwick United Church, conducted by Wendy LaPierre.
The concert will feature winter and Christmas songs, with guests The Shoretones, Jon Hemingway and Saxappeal.
Admission is a donation to help cover expenses or to the food bank, or bring food items as well.
Coming Dec. 15
A King’s Christmas, with the King’s College Chapel Choir directed by Paul Halley, and special guests, including narrator Alexander MacLeod, will be held Dec. 15 at Wolfville Baptist Church. Concert starts at 4 p.m.
A Christmas Carol
Dicken’s Christmas Carol with Jeremy Webb will be held Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., at Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.
The Amadeus Guitar Duo, featuring Canadian Dale Kavanagh and Germany’s Thomas Kirchhoff, will be making a stop at the Manning Memorial Chapel on Dec. 28.
The 3 p.m. performance in Wolfville will feature music from Europa and South America in “Contrasts – The Classical World and Images from the South.”
Kavanagh and Kirchhoff have been playing together since 1991. Many composers have dedicated works to the Amadeus Duo since then.
The duo often perform with orchestras playing concertos by Joaquin Rodrigo, Roland Dyens, Genzmer, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime Zenamon, Gerald Garcia, Christian Jost and Martin Herchenröder. They have given more than 950 concerts in 40 European Countries, Asia and North and South America in the last 20 years and have published 16 CDs.
The duo will travel around the world as part of their touring season this year, including the stop at the Manning Memorial Chapel Dec. 28. Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m. fort he 3 p.m. performance. Call 542-9686 to reserve tickets.
In the galleries
- Wolfville painter and instructor Judith Leidl has her paintings in Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville’s just Us Cafe until Dec. 2. Acrylic works on canvas are her medium.
- Bright fall colours thread their way through a watercolour show by Linda Barkhouse at Designer Café until Dec. 4 in Kentville,
- Featured artist at Centre Stage Theatre, Kentville is Betsey Harwood.
- Acadia University Art Gallery’s show, Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of the Prayer Rug, until Nov. 29.
- Harvest Galley has its popular annual show of small works on display now at 462 Main St., Wolfville